This is a series of blog posts about real estate in Salem Oregon written by Melina Tomson of Tomson Burnham, a small boutique real estate brokerage in Salem Oregon.  The blog has articles about local real estate market conditions from Salem, Keizer, Independence, Monmouth, Dallas, Stayton, Aumsville and Silverton.

The blog covers topics from market conditions to happenings inside the real estate industry that might impact consumers to new technologies that are housing-related.  Community information for home buyers looking to relocate to Salem is also housed in our blog as we discuss our local favorites.

Crummy real estate agents

Crummy real estate agents. You may have had one, or you know someone that did. US News & World Report wrote an article about how to tell if your agent is a crummy agent. There wasn’t anything particularly new about the information, but I am surprised at how many people hire crummy agents. 1) Communication-if…

The bumpy ride continues.

The federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been all over the news. Unless you have been on vacation for the past week, I’m sure you at least read some blurb about this. What does that mean for us here in Salem Oregon? We are just one of the many that will be…

First time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Travis Newton, a local Salem area mortgage broker, emailed me this nice little chart with the information about the Tax Credit. It was nice and simple, so I thought I would share it with you. Feature : H.R. 3221 Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Amount of Credit: 10% of the cost of the…

Friday Night Funnies – May 2008 Edition

One of the best things we can do is laugh. It’s good for the soul. Sometimes that means laughing at ourselves or sterotypes. Someone shared this video on another forum, and I thought it was funny. It is about 5 minutes long. I’m thinking about trying his excellent techniques with my clients… (c) Copyright, 2008.…

Heading into oblivion..

I like to read Business Week. The latest issue to hit my mailbox, left my jaw dropping. Just Charge That Mortgage by Jessica Silver-Greenberg caught my eye. Apparently using homes as ATM’s during the boom time was not good enough. ChargeSmart,has a new online payment service where homeowners can continue to spend themselves silly. Yep,…

Do you practice what you preach?

Integrity. Do you live by it? Do you say one thing and do another? Do you tell your clients that they have to be on the MLS to sell a house and then put yours up FSBO? Do you recommend an average home inspector for your clients, but hire the “deal killer” ones for yourself…

Employment in Salem, OR

I have been talking with a lot of people about relocating to Salem Oregon lately. I thought I would do a blog series for all of the relocaters about our area. What type of jobs are available here is a very common question. First thing to know, Salem is the state capital of Oregon so…

Nuisance laws

A common question I get as a real estate agent is “what are the neighbors like?” Most of the time I don’t know. I haven’t met them or seen them. What the buyer’s of a home are interested in are whether or not their neighbors are jerks or not. Some states have nuisance laws so…